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The Christopher Killer

(Forensic Mysteries #1)

4.03  ·  Rating details ·  3,804 ratings  ·  485 reviews
Fascinated by forensics, seventeen-year-old Cameryn Mahoney persuades her father, the county coroner in sleepy Silverton, CO, to take her on as his assistant. But she never expects her first case to involve the death of a friend! Rachel Geller, a beautiful young waitress, is found strangled in a field with a Christopher medal around her neck—clearly marking her as the four ...more
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published May 4th 2006 by Viking Juvenile
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Natalie M
It had potential but it didn't work for me! A very average 2.5-star read.

The blurb sounded intriguing and it started out well but then I faced my ongoing conundrum with novels of late...a protagonist whose age and abilities are too incongruous for credibility! Cameryn is only 17 but her father (and all the others) allow her to be an assistant coroner; accessing materials, information and data that is just not possible. Cammie drove me nuts!

I love a great YA read and combine that with one of my f
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Suspense, my ass. This is more like a book where a teenager is a detective-slash-medical examiner wannabe. The execution of characters were lame and the mystery isn't exactly mysterious.

I love forensic science and I watch a lot of shows where Medical Examiners slice up dead bodies to determine the cause of death and all that shit. I also know that not because I watch CSI and read crime books, I'm already an expect when it comes to science stuf
Feb 10, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Young Cameryn's father is the town's coroner. Since Cameryn dreams of becoming a forensic pathologist someday and her father is overworked, she begs her dad to allow her to become his assistant. When he finally gives him, Cameryn is all smiles--until the dead bodies start appearing and The Christopher Killer's victims become more personal than Cameryn ever thought possible. Suddenly a target, Cameryn must solve the serial murder's case before she becomes part of the file. There are few better my ...more
Jun 17, 2007 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: people who like crappy mysteries
Shelves: teen, mystery
17-year-old Cameryn Mahoney's dad is the town's forensic pathologist, and Cameryn wants nothing more than to follow in his footsteps. When she convinces him to make her his assistant, she has no idea that one of the first deaths she'll investigate is that of her friend Rachel. Rachel is the fourth victim in a string of killings known as Christopher Killings, girls who are strangled and then left with St. Christopher medals on their corpses.

Cameryn throws herself into the forensic work, trying to
Nov 10, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: ya, paranormal
I loved Nancy Drew, Scooby-Doo and other meddling kid mysteries growing up, but this was just too ridiculous. A high school student as an assistant to the medical examiner? I really did not like the main character, either. I felt she was a know-it-all teen, and thank you, I already have one of those.
carolina ☾
Jan 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
This was really great!
Eva North
Jul 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I'm not really sure exactly how I came upon this book originally, outside of the fact I was looking for forensic mystery books. I'm hooked and Alane Ferguson has written an awesome book, even if it is YA, it's still good and I'll looking forward to the remainder of the series. ...more
Sharon Mariampillai
Thank you Sharon J for recommending this book series to me. This is the first book of the series, and I loved it. I love forensic mysteries because of CSI, Criminal Minds, and Bones. This was an amazing read. Cameryn Mahoney is a 17 year old girl who wants to be a forensic pathologist. I really loved her character. The fact that she went to investigate the murder was really interesting to read. She is a really strong and smart character. I would want to be best friends with her. This book was gr ...more
Jan 06, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: youngadult
Are you a fan of CSI or Bones? If so, this series is for you. Alane Ferguson has written a good forensic mystery. Cameryn Mahoney is a seventeen-year-old with dreams to become a forensic pathologist. She is in a great position to do so with her father being the county coroner. The budget problems have prevented the county from hiring an assistant for him and the work load has been too much. So, he asks Cameryn to be his assistant and she accepts, even though her Mammaw (Irish way of referring to ...more
Dale Ibitz
Apr 30, 2012 rated it really liked it
17 year old Cameryn Mahoney wants to be a forensic pathologist. Living in a teeny town in the mountains of Colorado, she doesn't get to see much in the way murders and forensics, even with her dad being the county coroner. So Cameryn learns what she can by studying her books. Until a new deputy comes to town, and the Christopher Killer drops a body right at the town's doorstep.

This forensic mystery is rock-solid. Solid characters, solid plot, solid writing, and solid details regarding the scienc
Nov 21, 2008 rated it really liked it
The Christopher Killer
By Alane Ferguson
Review by Erik Pawlowski

Alane Ferguson, author of The Christopher Killer, writes with unbelievable description. She could turn a one-word subject into a whole book, and this is part of the reason why this book is so good.
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The Christopher Killer’s main character is Cameron Mahoney, who dreams of following in her father, Pat Mahoney’s footsteps as a County Coroner. The only obstacle in her way is her grandma, who she refers to as mammaw. That doesn’t stop
Nov 21, 2008 rated it really liked it
The Christopher Killer is about 17 year old Cameryn Mahoney, who has the annoying habit of challenging her elders. She also has the unshakable desire to be a forensic pathologist and a very strong stomach. This comes in handy during the autopsy of a friend,the latest victim of a serial killer whose signature is a St.Christopher's medal left with each body. The vivid autopsy scenes are surprising given the fairly routine story line and agreeable though certainly not complex,characters.It's Cammie ...more
Mar 27, 2012 rated it it was ok
In the small town of Silverton, Colorado, lives a teenage girl names Cameryn Mahoney. She's kind of an odd duck, living with her coroner father and her Irish Catholic Meemaw (Grandma). Cameryn is fascinated with forensic science, and somehow convinces her father that she would be perfect as his assistant. When Cameryn visits her first crime scene with her father, she becomes ill. Since that went so well, her father takes her to observe an autopsy for a murder victim recently found in the woods. ...more
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Camryn convinces her father ( The town coroner) to take her on as an assistant, since she dreams of a career in forensics. When all signs point to a notorious serial killer hitting their sleepy town, she's determined to decode the story the dead are telling so they can have justice. Our plucky teen doesn't quite hit the ground running though, all her reading hasn't quite prepared her for all the sites, smells, inner turmoil, and characters she'll have to contend with.

I enjoyed this novel, you g
average murder mystery but the forensic bits were good
Feb 08, 2020 rated it did not like it
I had to read this for a class unfortunately, and it was honestly soooo not my type of book. Very juvenile. Very annoying. It was short though, and very quick to read.
Ashlynn Shilts
Dec 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
The Christopher Killer is a mystery thriller with an underlying story of resilience. Seventeen-year-old Cameryn Mahoney has always dreamed of becoming a forensic pathologist. Her father, the town’s coroner, decided to hire her as his assistant to help her get more experience in the field. Little does she know, she would soon be wrapped up in a homicide case involving her close friend Rachel Geller. Believing in only science and the facts, Cameryn decides to investigate the case to try and catch ...more
Logan Nott
Oct 17, 2017 rated it liked it
I liked this novel due to its detailed characters and mysterious story. The coolest part of this whole novel would have to be how the author took facts and information from forensic scientists and real coroners. All this extra work made this novel a true murder mystery and I would recommend it to anyone.
Caitlin "Sparkie"
It so pleasing to know that there is another human being out there just like me! Let's jump in:
I really connected to this book, I loved Cameryn, I was able to relate and connect to her on a whole other level. Connecting to characters in other books was never much of an issue, but when I was reading about Cameryn I felt like I was looking in a mirror. The beginning of the book was a little rocky, in my opinion, the dialogue between Cameryn and her father almost seemed forced and there were some a
Claire Odegard
Feb 23, 2017 rated it liked it
This was an okay book. I thought that is was kind of slow in spots throughout the book. The author Alane Ferguson wrote a lot of very detailed things in the story. If you like books that bring a challenge to follow with them then this is a book for you. I couldn't quite finish it because I couldn't keep up with what was going on.
Giselle Mendoza
Mar 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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Giselle Mendoza

The Christopher killer is a great book. If you like forensic mystery this would be a good book to read. Alane Ferguson researched and talked to people that worked as pathologist or knew about forensics.
I loved the characters. I liked how the author made the main character Struggle with the people that didn't believe she would be able to handle the job she wanted. They treated her like a kid but the author made her overcome that and to show that she is capable of
Apr 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing
WOW. How to start on this book? I actually tried to read this book in high school, but some of my classmates had a car accident and unfortunately died, and I did not feel like reading a book about dead people so I stopped. But I did started it, I thought I would be able to deal with it, but I was SO wrong. It was too hard. So I decided to try it out again, ironically a few weeks ago, another classmate of the class before mine suffered an accident and died too. Anyways, when I read this book, I d ...more
Apr 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This book was recommend by my teacher. This is a kind of book I never though of reading. Once I started reading it, I feel in love with it. This book is about a girl named Cameryn who loves forensics science. Since she's read so many books about it, she decides to work as an assistant for father who is the coroner. She loves doing what does until, it gets personal. After this insistent she was truly determined to find out what happened. To get the truth out, she has to go threw a lot of people a ...more
Jun 22, 2008 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: CSI and mystery fans
Shelves: ya-mystery
I would describe the Forensic Mystery series as Nancy Drew meets CSI. Cameryn Mahoney, the protagonist, is the daughter of the Colorado County coroner, and she is obsessed with forensics.

Convincing her father to hire her as his assistant, Cammie joins her father to investigate the first murder in her town in several years. When the killer gets too close, Cammie fights to solve the crime before she becomes one of his victims.

The descriptions of the crime scene, the victim, and the details of an
Jul 15, 2008 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: People who enjoy shows such as Bones, CSI, and Criminal Minds.
Recommended to Liz by: The library.
This is a extremely mature young adult novel. Cameryn Mahoney is our protaganist, a senior in high school, almost 18. She's always wanted to be a forensic pathologist. Her father is the local coroner in Silverton, CO. When he complains that he can't get the budget for an assistant, he takes Cameryn's suggestion & hires her (out of his pocket). Naturally, this is a boon for her when one of Cameryn's friends becomes the fourth victim of the Christopher Killer, who has been killing young women acro ...more
Nov 21, 2008 rated it it was amazing
This book is about a young highschool student, Cameryn Mahony, who becomes a ferensics patholigist. Her father highers her as his assistant. She is a very intelligent 17-year-old who just happens to be very close to her first case. One of her friends, Racheal, was killed by a very cunning serial killer. Cameryn is torn between 2 worlds- the world of science and the world of the dead. When she meets Dr. Jewel, she is a certain sceptic but Dr. Jewel has the power to tweak Cameryn's mind to make he ...more
Maggie V
Jan 03, 2011 rated it liked it
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May 14, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: book-club
This book is about a small town where nothing happensin silverton, colorado. until now. Cameryn wants to be a csi like her dad but she never thought she would be sloving the murder of someon she knows. The christopher killer kidnaps young women and kills all across the country and Rachel just happened to be his next vitum. Cameryn will stops at nothing to find out who this guy is. She finds herself in the worst possible place. face to face with the killer. I could not put it down. It keeps you q ...more
Oct 27, 2007 rated it really liked it
Cammie is the daughter of the county coroner. She is fasicinated by forensic pathology. She pleads with her father for a job as his assistant, and one of the first cases is her co-worker from the hotel she works at. It's part of a series of murders by the Christopher Killer, who leaves a St. Christopher medal with each victim. A psychic shows up in town, having predicted this and other murders, and Cammie throws herself into the case to find this killer, to bring justice for her friend. Great bo ...more
Jul 25, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: yaf-mystery
A really excellent forensics mystery (first in series) about 17-year-old Cammie, who talks her coroner father into letting her work for him. In this case, several young women have been murdered and a St. Christopher medal has been left at each scene.
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Alane Ferguson was born in Cumberland, Maryland, in 1957. She attended the University of Utah and Westminster College where she studied journalism. Later, Alane became interested in writing for children, mostly, she says, to follow the example of her mother, successful author Gloria Skurzynski. Her mother has written over fifty-seven books for children, while Alane is currently completing her thir ...more

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